Mortgage Broker or Lender, Chicago, IL
Since I specialize in this type of financing, I can tell you from working with many GC's over time that the "cheapest" isn't necessarily the best route to go. I've seen many inexpensive jobs that looked less than professional. When you're talking with your GC's, you may also want to talk to a few references if you have doubts. Many GC's will have websites or portfolio's/binders they can provide showcasing their work. Whether you go to this length to find "your" GC is up to you of course, just make sure you don't sacrifice too much quality for few dollars less/month on your mortgage payment... It will be very expensive (refinance costs + cost of redoing the work, etc) to fix it down the road if you decide you didn't get what you wanted (you may have got what you paid for though).